All Roads Lead Home

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781482021806
Format: PDF
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Polly Giller returned to Iowa from Boston to start a new life; with her inheritance, she purchased an old school building in Bellingwood and is in the middle of renovating it when the bones of two bodies are pulled out of a ceiling. The whole town knows who those bones belong to, but when she also finds crates and crates of items from the sixties through the early nineties in the old root cellar, they wonder if the two things are connected.

A Big Life in a Small Town

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781483907031
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Polly Giller and her friends in Bellingwood are back with more stories to tell. The barn raising at Sycamore House promises to be an event that brings the whole community out. No one has ever seen anything like this before and no one wants to miss it. Dancing lessons from the gorgeous veterinarian help Polly get prepared for the hoe-down, but create havoc in her relationship with Henry. One of these days, Polly is going to have to decide whether or not she wants to commit to him, but she doesn't want to mess up a wonderful friendship if she messes up their relationship. While Polly and her team prepare for the barn raising and hoe-down, she also has to help Elise Myers, a young girl who has come to Sycamore House to stay while writing her doctoral thesis. However, Elise hasn't told Polly exactly why she's in the middle of Iowa. That little mystery knocks Polly out! Meanwhile, Lydia finds the dead body of a friend and discovers there's an unfinished note with some unfinished business. A big discovery by Polly and Sylvie will solve the mystery and change Polly's life one more time. Polly counsels young Jason that you have to learn to count on your friends when you're in trouble. The list of people she can count on to help her out continues to grow and she finds that she has a great big life in the small town of Bellingwood.

Through the Storm

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781505352405
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Once things start falling apart around Polly Giller, chaos takes over and all she can do is hold on for the ride. Sylvie Donovan has finished school and things are supposed to be rainbows and unicorns. Not in Bellingwood. Her oldest son, Jason, has just started high school and isn't handling the transition well. Within the span of three weeks, his behavior has escalated to the point that she doesn't know what to do next. Her ex-husband shows up and the mere sight of him drains her confidence, returning her to the days when she lived with an abuser. Polly's little family is dealing with bedlam of its own. Jessie Locke is twenty years old and no matter how badly she wants to be an adult, she's making horrible decisions. When she runs away, Polly has to deal with a furious husband and a devastated little girl. Poor Rebecca Heater's life is already in disarray as she watches her mother's health deteriorate. The one constant through all of the storms that come is the friendships each person has developed along the way. Friends show up when you least expect it and are there when you need them. If there's one thing Polly knows and Sylvie is learning, it's that when you need strength to stand against the horrors of the world, you can find it in those who love you.

Look Always Forward

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517514266
Format: PDF
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A quiet evening at home is rocked by an accident on the highway in front of Sycamore House. The car crash isn't the worst thing that will happen, but it is the first in a series of events that will disrupt Polly's easy summer. We all know that this is just the beginning of the chaos that will erupt around Polly Giller until it finally settles out and her life is changed. The beginning of the new school year is just a couple of weeks away. Andrew, Rebecca, and Kayla are going into seventh grade, leaving their elementary years behind them. This introduces an entirely new set of worries for kids who are just trying to figure out how to grow up. Change is enough to scare anyone and at this age, change happens every day. Characters are introduced to Bellingwood and whether they stay for a few days or much longer depends on the choices they make. From the knight errant to the new manager at the coffee shop, each person's unique personality knits them into the fabric of the community. Polly's big heart is tested by those she wants to trust and others that she wants to simply set aside. She is surprised at just how these people will find their way into her family's life.

Finding the Road Home

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548221997
Format: PDF
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Before Polly Giller moved to Bellingwood, she lived in Boston where she had friends, a fantastic job, and a life she never considered leaving. When Polly left home to go to college in Boston, she never intended to go back - especially after her father died. She thought she had a plan for her future. In this prequel to the popular Bellingwood series, Diane Greenwood Muir uncovers the reasons for Polly's return to Iowa. Plans change. People change. Polly changed. People who are seen as ordinary become fascinating when viewed through Polly's eyes. From the stereotypical Italian mother, to annoying coworkers; self-centered friends to a wealthy boyfriend who knows no limits, she sees each one through the lens of love. Those who care for her, do so deeply, but once in a while, someone goes too far, frightening Polly and her friends. Follow Polly's story as she finds her road home.

Love s Surprises

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781983492495
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It's been five years since Polly Giller met new friends in Bellingwood. Her moving into town was the beginning of something amazing and that has never changed. Zombies are supposed to be the walking dead, not the lying down in the middle of the elementary school parking lot dead. This wasn't how Halloween is supposed to end. But she's Polly Giller and this is Bellingwood. It's just the beginning of this book's adventure. Strangers in ski masks attempt to break into the Bell House - for what, Polly can't imagine, but she and the dogs chase them into the cemetery where they escape from. The family has been lax in letting friends and neighbors know how to get into the house. The question is, who would take advantage of that? From small surprises to large ones, Polly's friends and family have plenty to share. Thank goodness, she has people around her who stay strong and steady when changes threaten to disrupt her life. Thank you for the first five years. I have the best readers and friends in the world ... Diane. The Christmas short story - The Most Wonderful Time - can be found at the end of the paperback version.

Boundless Dreams

Author: Diane Greenwood Muir
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781977616739
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It's the middle of summer and Bellingwood has been relatively quiet so far. That's all about to change. Polly wakes up on a Monday morning ready for another fun week spent with her friends and her family. The fence around the back yard has been replaced giving the kids and the dogs a safe place to play. Renovations on the three upstairs bedrooms at the Bell House are nearly finished. and it won't be long before Polly regains control of the living room and dining room. A short walk through the cemetery is all it takes for her world to turn upside down. You might think that should be enough, but it's only the beginning of a very long day. A phone call tosses Polly's life into chaos and she soon realizes that is going to be the norm for the next few weeks. The donkeys are stolen from the Sycamore House pasture, frightening both Polly and her horses. Rebecca continues to test boundaries and in a surprising twist, Noah and Elijah stumble across an unexpected group of new friends. In the middle of it all, Polly rediscovers just what it means to have friends who will unexpectedly show up to take care of you. Welcome back to Bellingwood. Come for the chaos, stay for the fun. The short story - Break Through the Clouds - can be found at the end of the paperback version.

Proof of Life

Author: J. A. Jance
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062657569
Format: PDF
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J. P. Beaumont’s latest investigation strikes too close to home in this riveting mystery from New York Times bestselling author J. A. Jance. Be careful what you wish for . . . Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over. Caught up in a situation where old actions and grudges can hold dangerous consequences in the present, Beau is forced to operate outside the familiar world of law enforcement. While seeking justice for his frenemy and healing for a long fractured family, he comes face to face with an implacable enemy who has spent decades hiding in plain sight.

The Pastor

Author: Ed Treat
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1543479030
Format: PDF, ePub
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Everyone loved Candy Vinter. Everyone, that is, except her husband and two children who knew her too well. Imagine the surprise of the whole community, her faith community especially, when they learn she is found hung by the neck in her own bedroom closet, victim of an apparent suicide. No one is more surprised than Pastor Brian Matterson of All Saints Lutheran Church in Martin Valley, Minnesota. Shocked by the news, Pastor Brian rushes to help the members of his flock, but is baffled by their unusual reactions to this tragedy. What is going on in the Vinter home, and what really happened to Candy Vinter? Following her death, layers of interesting information about Candys life and the Vinter family begin to emerge, making Pastor Brian believe there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Pastor Brian must navigate the swirling demands of daily parish ministry, of being a good husband and father, and of dealing with his own challenging emotions as a recovering alcoholic as he tries to minister to this family and make sense of what really happened to Candy Vinter.

The Starboard Sea

Author: Amber Dermont
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429950978
Format: PDF, Docs
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"A rich, quietly artful novel that is bound for deep water, with questions of beauty, power and spiritual navigation as its main concerns. The title refers not to the right side of a boat but to the right course through life, and the immense difficulty of finding and following it."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times A powerful first novel about life and death, friendship and love, as one young man must navigate the depths of his emotions. JASON PROSPER grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends. Set against the backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse, The Starboard Sea is an examination of the abuses of class privilege, the mutability of sexual desire, the thrill and risk of competitive sailing, and the adult cost of teenage recklessness. It is a powerful and provocative novel about a young man finding his moral center, trying to forgive himself, and accepting the gift of love.